Monday, September 2, 2013

Jelly Time! (with a garden update)

Now that the internet flashback is over, on to the actual post:

The long weekend is almost over, and I've been doing things!  Jelly things!
Today, I made both grape jelly:

And savory garlic jelly:

I have made garlic jelly before, but this time I did not add the sweet pepper pieces.
I have never made grape jelly before, but it was pretty easy.  Especially since I got lazy and used unsweetened store-bought juice instead of making my own.
So, now I have six jars of grape jelly (plus a bowl of extra jelly in the fridge) and two new jars of garlic jelly.  I should have gotten three garlic jelly jars, but I think I let it boil a little bit too long and there wasn't quite enough for three jars.

I've also been harvesting a lot of produce from the garden recently.

It turns out that the golden cherry tomatoes were mislabeled regular cherry tomatoes.  They are still quite tasty, and the plant is huge!
The Black Krim tomatoes are incredibly delicious.  They are so flavorful, and I'm really glad I decided to give them a try.  The only downside is that when it rains a few days in a row, they tend to crack fairly easily.  I've lost a few of them this way.
As you can see in the photo above, I've also gotten some cayenne peppers, and I got my first sweet pepper today!  It was also really tasty, and is going on my list of plants to try again next year.

Not in the photo are the handfuls of herbs and lettuce that I've been able to get almost daily.  The basil and oregano have especially been loving the recent weather.

Finally, and sadly, I'm announcing the demise of one of my blueberry plants.  Either a squirrel or a cat dug it up, and it did not survive being replanted.   I'm sure this is not the last garden face-off I will lose against local critters.

Has anyone else been canning or enjoying their garden results recently?


  1. Sorry about the blueberry plant. :(

    No canning up here, but been eating a lot of farmer corn and beans from the local stand. I love this time of year! :) Glad you had a nice long weekend.

    1. We've been eating a lot of corn too! I love it!

  2. ooohhh, I want to come live at your house:)

    1. It may be a little crowded, but we like having visitors!